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Mastodon

Formed: 2000
From: Atlanta, GA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Mastodon News

Below is our complete Mastodon news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Mastodon Announces Shows With Judas Priest

If you've gotten over Brent Hinds hating heavy metal, you can see Mastodon live this fall with Judas Priest. The band comments:

"We're excited to announce that we'll be hitting the road in October and November for a fall North American tour with British metal icons Judas Priest, which kicks off on October 16th.

"In addition, The Missing Link Tour w/ Clutch plus support from Corrosion Of Conformity also continues with new dates. All confirmed tour dates are below."


*** Mastodon w/ Judas Priest Tour dates
** Mastodon co-headline with Clutch & Corrosion of Conformity
* Mastodon Headline More...

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Brent Hinds: "I Fucking Hate Heavy Metal"

It would appear Brent Hinds of Mastodon is tired of conducting interviews to promote his band. In a rant with Guitarplayer.com, he reveals he doesn't want Mastodon to be a heavy metal outfit anymore and is no longer excited about anything to do with the band. Excerpts from the interview follows:

I never really liked heavy metal in the first place. I came from Alabama playing country music, surf rock, rockabilly, and stuff like that. I just went through a phase in my 20s where I thought it was rebellious to play heavy metal. And then I met Brann [Dailor, Mastodon drummer] and Bill [Kelliher], and they were really, really, really into heavy metal. And ever since then, I’ve been trying to get Mastodon to not be such a heavy metal band, because I fucking hate heavy metal, and I don’t want to be in a heavy metal band.

It would be nice if magazines and all interviews would just go fall off the face of the earth along with all the cigarette smoke and all the other fucking things I hate in life. I don’t like doing interviews, I don’t read interviews, I don’t need to know how people go about doing things. It frustrates me to do interviews, because I have to talk about things I’ve talked about over and over and over and over again. So, no, there’s nothing that we can talk about that involved Mastodon that I’ll get excited about. After 15 years of doing this every fucking day of my life, the last thing I want to do is talk about doing it.

I’m very passionate about playing guitar—I’m just not the most passionate guy in the world about talking about any of it. Breaking details down and getting micro about what cable I plug into what pedal is, to me, a very unnecessary type of dialogue. I understand you have readers that want to know that stuff, but they’re not going to find out from me.

So what do you think - is he just trolling, is he totally right, or should he suck it up, stop being a whiny ass baby, and realize being a rock star means having to answer the same questions in interviews every album cycle? More...

Read the full article at GuitarPlayer.com.

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Mastodon Posts New Video "Asleep In The Deep"

Mastodon premieres a brand new psychedelic cat-crazy music video for the track "Asleep In The Deep", taken from the album "Once More 'Round The Sun".

Check out now the new music video below.

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Mastodon Appears In Game Of Thrones

After contributing to that Game Of Thrones mixtape release awhile back, the members of Mastodon also appeared on the show last night as wildlings beyond the wall. Did you catch it? The band comments:

"Yes, that was us on Game of Thrones tonight. It was an incredible experience to be on set. Thanks to Dan Weiss, the cast and crew, and everyone else involved.

"Don't forget to grab the Game Of Thrones mixtape, 'Catch the Throne: The Mixtape Vol. 2,' featuring our song 'White Walker,' available now at this location." More...

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 42

This week on the official MetalUnderground.com podcast, regular co-host Kevin Perez (aka N0thinghead) is joined once again by Ollie Hynes (aka Diamond Oz) to discuss what's been happening, with particular focus being on the recent Grammy Awards and the decision to give the Best Metal Performance Award to Tenacious D. Not only this, but Kevin has tickets to give away for August Burns Red's upcoming show in Florida, as well as for Behemoth and Cannibal Corpse's stop at the same venue.

We also have music from unsigned Canadian band, Ape War, with their songs, "Born of Sodom" and "Templar" being played at the beginning and end of the show respectively.

Check out the new podcast at this location and feel free to leave us your feedback!

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Tool / Mastodon Members Form Bizarre Group

The Legend of the Seagullmen is the title of a wacky nautical-themed super group featuring Mastodon frontman Brent Hinds and Tool drummer Danny Carey.

The band also features OFF’s Dimitri Coats and movie director Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears a Who, Jonah Hex), who serves as the project’s producer.

A bizarre track titled "The Deep-Sea Diver" can be heard below. Stay tuned for more details.

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Best Metal Performance Grammy Nominees Announced

The nominees for the 57th Grammy Awards have now been revealed, which includes a "best metal performance" category. The nominees in the category for the 2015 awards are:

"Neon Knights" by Anthrax (Ronnie James Dio cover)
"High Road" by Mastodon
"Heartbreaker" by Motörhead
"The Negative One" by Slipknot
"The Last In Line" by Tenacious D

Who do you think should win, and who should have been nominated instead?

In other metal-related nominations, Metallica's "Through The Never" movie is also nominated in the "Best Music Film" category. The Grammy Awards will take place on February 8th, 2015 and the full list of nominees can be seen at this location.

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 33

Until Monday, October 13th (The Black Dahlia Murder) and Friday, November 14th (Attila), we at the MetalUnderground.com Official Podcast will be advertising ticket giveaways for the two above concerts at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. If interested, please submit your full name (matching your ID) to podcast@metalunderground.com, with one of the headlining bands in the email subject.

After introducing the song “Withered” by Canton, Ohio’s brutal death metallers TON, we kick off this week by examining another highly anticipated new album. Co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) shines a spotlight on “The Year The Sun Died,” (reviewed here) the third studio album by Seattle act Sanctuary, and first since the group reformed after more than a two-decade split. Tune in to hear his thoughts on the latest offering from singer Warrel Dane (ex-Nevermore) and company.

Next, co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) relates his (and likely many other fans’) frustrations over the interminable delays and setbacks befalling the next Veil Of Maya album, including the sudden, unceremonious departure of frontman Brandon Butler smack in the middle of recording.

Finally comes a not-so-serious reaction to the latest work of fine art from Mastodon, a video single titled “Boobs & Butts” (err, “The Motherload”). We’ll let the music, images, and our comments speak for themselves.

Listen in here, and subscribe via iTunes or RSS feed. Enjoy!

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Louder Than Life Festival Lineup Announced

The full lineup and band performance times have been revealed for the first Louder Than Life festival - featuring music, whiskey and "gourmet man food" - on October 4th & 5th at Champions Park near downtown Louisville, Kentucky.

In addition to the band lineup on three stages, the show will include celebrity chef appearances on the Jägermeister Cooking Stage. More than 70 food and beverage vendors will be on hand to help celebrate the bourbon culture and culinary heritage of this unique American city.

General admission and VIP weekend and single day tickets are on sale now at this location. The band's lineup is as follows: More...

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Mastodon Releasing "Black Blood" Coffee

In honor of new album "Once More 'Round The Sun," Mastodon will be releasing "Black Blood" coffee. The following press release was also issued:

"The year is 2420, techno-organic life forms rule the earth, the cyborg Mastodon seeks vengeance against the Clovis people for the genocide of his kind. The terrestrial leviathan fuels himself with Black Blood, as he prepares to enter the time portal known as the Dark Matter Machine.

"Through the power vested in Black Blood, the Mastodon shall reclaim its throne of world domination. Dark Matter Coffee and Mastodon are ecstatic to present this colossal coffee, Black Blood. It is composed of our infamous Unicorn Blood aged in Basil Hayden's Bourbon Whiskey barrels and is limited to 2000 world wide.

"Clovis Blood is the product of revenge. After traveling back in time to the age of the Clovis people, the cyborg-mastodons would bottle their vengeance with the very same tusks their ancestors were annihilated for. These bottles, until now, were exclusively used to re-fuel their hatred for the Clovis people. The Blood of Clovis will be available in hand-made, wax dipped iced coffee bomber, limited to 500 bottles.

"Both will be unleashed September 8th, via Dark Matter Coffee's website and retail locations." More...

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Party Smasher Inc. Interviews Brent Hinds

Party Smasher Inc. - the musician / artist / photography site created by Dillinger Escape plan's Ben Weinman - has released a new video interview with Mastodon's Brent Hinds, which can be seen below. Party Smasher also comments:

"Mastodon started in 1999; a couple of years after the Dillinger Escape Plan. Fifteen years later, Brent Hinds and Ben Weinman surprisingly still bear each other enough to start a brand new project together as GTO, the Giraffe Tongue Orchestra.

"For this 1-on-1 between the two, Brent Hinds recollects how he was just listening to 'devil music' for his parents before he became one of Satan's worst rejects himself a few years later with Mastodon, and the upcoming GTO. " More...

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 21

This week, our Official Podcast experienced something of a change.

As regular co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) is away in Europe, long time writer, Diamond Oz (who is ironically, from and residing in Europe) filled in for him to discuss with Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) some of the biggest stories of late.

They begin by talking about the new Cannibal Corpse material, before discussing the forthcoming Slayer tour of North America, where they will be joined by Exodus and Suidical Tendencies and then wrapping things up with an in depth discussion about the new Mastodon album, "Once More 'Round the Sun."

Check out the podcast at this location and feel free to leave us your feedback!

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Islander To Play Aftershock Festival

Islander is excited to officially announce its participation in the Aftershock Festival 2014 on September 13th at Sacramento’s Discovery Park.

The lineup can be seen in the poster below, and full details about tickets, military discounts, hotel and VIP packages and more are available at this location (save $10 by using the password "SACROX").

Other confirmed bands include Godsmack, Rob Zombie, Mastodon, Five Finger Death Punch, Lacuna Coil, and more.

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Mastodon Announces New "Remission" Version

Mastodon just released new album "Once More 'Round the Sun," and now Relapse Records is proud to present a deluxe reissue of the band's seminal debut LP "Remission."

Over a decade after its release, "Remission" remains one of the most important titles in Relapse’s catalog, and it is with that appreciation that the label is proud to present a super-deluxe version of this classic record put together with the full cooperation of the band.

The album will see it’s reissue on August 5th (N. America), August 4th (UK/World), and August 1st (Germany/Benelux/Finland) on CD and a deluxe 2xLP boxset. More...

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Mastodon Premieres New Music Video "High Road"

Mastodon premiered the music video for then new track "High Road" over at Pitchfork at this location (also in the player below). The song appears on the upcoming new release "Once More 'Round the Sun," which drops on June 24th.

The video tells the epic tale of nerd battles and LARPing and was directed by Roboshobo. The track list for the album is:

1. Tread Lightly
2. The Motherload
3. High Road
4. Once More 'Round the Sun
5. Chimes At Midnight (see visual representation video)
6. Asleep In the Deep
7. Feast Your Eyes
8. Aunt Lisa
9. Ember City
10. Halloween
11. Diamond In the Witch House

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 18

The time is fast approaching for DevilDriver at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale on June 18th, and we at the Metalunderground.com Official Podcast are offering a free ticket giveaway to South Florida residents or anyone else able and willing to attend. Anyone interested should email podcast@metalunderground.com with the subject "DEVILDRIVER," and provide your name (matching your ID).

This week: vocalist Paul "Ablaze" Zinay (Blackguard) and bassist Xavier St Laurent (ex-Ion Dissonance) of Montreal, Quebec have formed a new group known as Ages. The two tracks so far released are titled "Heinous Nemesis" and "Resounding Negation," featuring members of Epica and HateSphere as guests. Co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) offers his opinion on the band's sound and potential appeal.

Next: Mike and co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) react to two freshly released singles: "Chimes At Midnight" from Atlanta's Mastodon and "Cusp Of Eternity" from Sweden's Opeth. Both songs are taken from the eagerly anticipated upcoming albums "Once More 'Round The Sun" and "Pale Communion," respectively.

Finally, it would behoove us to sadly acknowledge the unsurprising but tragic announcement that the late Dave Brockie (aka Oderus Urungus) of GWAR did indeed succumb to a fatal heroin overdose.

Tune in here, enjoy, and offer us your feedback. You can subscribe via iTunes or RSS.

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Sonisphere Festival 2014

Sonisphere Festival returned to Finland last week, to start off the festival season in Helsinki with a bang! Despite the fact that it is Spring and we’ve had hot weather rivaling the Mediterranean this year; we were instead treated to a cold downpour, which only the bravest of metal fans dared endure. Despite the less then summery weather, the turnout was dense, though admittedly covered in less then festive rainwear.

The dark sky was a glaring contrast to the laid back vibe of the festival hosted by Live Nation. Still the atmosphere remained upbeat; as Metallica and Slayer were to be headlining; and the instinct to nest indoors was trampled by the drive to see two such legends live! More...

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Mastodon Streaming New Track

Mastodon today releases another new track from upcoming album "Once More 'Round The Sun," which is due out June 24th, 2014.

Check out a visual representation of the song "Chimes At Midnight" below. The full album's track listing is:

1. Tread Lightly
2. The Motherload
3. High Road (streaming here)
4. Once More 'Round the Sun
5. Chimes At Midnight
6. Asleep In the Deep
7. Feast Your Eyes
8. Aunt Lisa
9. Ember City
10. Halloween
11. Diamond In the Witch House More...

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Aftershock Festival 2014 Lineup Announced

The third annual Monster Energy Aftershock Festival returns to Discovery Park near downtown Sacramento September 13th & 14th, 2014,

The lineup includes Godsmack, Weezer, The Offspring, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Limp Bizkit, Rise Against, Chevelle, AWOLNATION, Seether, Mastodon, Pennywise, Bad Religion, and many more.

After last year’s festival (sold-out with 32,000 in attendance), the festival is expanding to four stages in 2014, offering more bands than ever.

The daily band lineup for is as follows (with more bands to be announced on July 1st):

Saturday, September 13

Weezer, The Offspring, Limp Bizkit, AWOLNATION, Chevelle, Bad Religion, Pepper, Black Label Society, Hellyeah, Memphis May Fire, Fuel, Dead Sara, Nothing More, The Last Internationale, Butcher Babies, Emmure, Sleepwave, Anti-Mortem, Eyes Set To Kill, Viza, Dig The Kid

Sunday, September 14

Rob Zombie, Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Rise Against, Seether, Mastodon, Pennywise, Theory of a Deadman, Buckcherry, Of Mice & Men, We Came As Romans, Black Stone Cherry, KYNG, Otherwise, Lacuna Coil, Redlight King, We Are Harlot, Burn Halo, Crossfaith, New Medicine, Cilver

Ticket info can be found at the official Monster Energy Aftershock festival website here. More...

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Mastodon Posts Preview Of New Track

Mastodon has released a preview of the new track "Chimes At Midnight," which can be heard exclusively over at the Mastodon Facebook profile here.

The track comes by way of upcoming album "Once More 'Round The Sun," and if you pre-order the album you'll receive an instant download of "Chimes At Midnight" on June 3rd. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Tread Lightly
2. The Motherload
3. High Road
4. Once More 'Round the Sun
5. Chimes At Midnight
6. Asleep In the Deep
7. Feast Your Eyes
8. Aunt Lisa
9. Ember City
10. Halloween
11 Diamond In the Witch House More...

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